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Cutting the Cost of Dog Food

Susan Perna

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How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?

Oscar Paez

A dog will take up a lot of both your time and your money. Therefore, it is really important that you take into consideration all of these aspects of dog care before getting a dog.

DIY Recipes for Natural Dog Shampoo

TDS Reader Solutions

"I like to only use natural products on and for my pets, but they can be so expensive. I already make my dog's food. Do any of your readers have any inexpensive recipes for natural dog shampoo?"

Money Saving for Dog Owners

Pam Hutzler

You love your dog, but you want to keep the family budget intact. So, what's a dog owner to do? Read on to discover what you can do to reduce the financial requirement of pet ownership without being a neglectful owner!

Saving on Dog Food

Allison Wood

Just recently I began to wonder how I could cut back on our dog food budget. Here are some ways you and I can save on our pet food.

Where Will Fido Go On Vacation?

Debra L. Karplus

Your dog is certainly an important family member. Though camping trips and road trips, staying at one of the many pet-friendly motels such as Motel 6 which charges ten dollars per night and up to fifty dollars for your entire stay for your well-behaved pet, are reasonable options, sometimes it is most practical to travel without your pooch or other family pet. There are several good options for what to do with your pet when you are away.

Homemade Dog Food

TDS Reader Solutions

"We have a small dog. She doesn't eat a lot, but she is particular. We can't seem to train her to eat dry dog food. The food she likes is getting expensive. Does anyone have a recipe for dog food that she'll like and won't cost me a lot? I don't want to skimp on nutrition, but our grocery budget could use a little relief!"

Generic Dog Food

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"Our family includes two large dogs. We love them, but their premium dog food is getting really expensive. Feels like I'm spending more on dog food than people food! Are any of the lower cost generic dog food brands good? Naturally I don't want to compromise their health, but I really need to find a good cheaper generic dog food?

Do-It-Yourself Dog Grooming

TDS Reader Solutions

"We got our kids a rescue dog for Christmas. She really needs some grooming. She needs a haircut and her nails trimmed. After calling around, I was shocked at the prices! Can dog grooming be a do-it-yourself project? We don't want anything fancy. What's the best way to do that?"

A Puppy for Christmas

TDS Reader Solutions

Are you considering adding a puppy to your family? Can you find a healthy puppy at a shelter? Or should you plan on trying to find a breeder? How do you know that the puppy you're getting is healthy? TDS readers share answer these questions and more for new dog owners.

Adding a Dog to Your Family

Gary Foreman

It is wise to consider pet care costs before you make an emotional commitment to a pet. Too many families do it the other way around and find that they're unable to afford a pet that they've grown to love. Hopefully, you'll be able to add the necessary expenses to your existing budget, but if not, it's better to know that now before your family grows to love a dog that they'll have to give up. Here are all the possible areas of expenditures you should consider.

The Lifetime Cost of Adopting a Dog

Wojciech Kulicki

Did you consider the total lifetime cost of adopting a dog when you adopted that cute little puppy at the pet store or shelter? Here are some tips for accurately predicting lifetime petcare costs before you bring Fido home.

Money Saving for Dog Lovers

Veronica Hunsucker

When household income drops for whatever reason, adjustments have to be made in all areas of the budget. If you share your life with a dog, the cost of caring for it definitely affects your budget. There are several things you can do to reduce the financial requirement of pet ownership without being a neglectful owner.

Saving Doggie Dollars

Brenda Nixon

Looking to save doggie dollars? It's annoying to pay twice (or feel like you are) for the same product. Before you bail out, try these three money-saving tips to get the full value out of your purchases.

Buying a Puppy?

Ian White

So you've decided to buy a puppy? Dogs can bring joy, laughter, love, loyalty, protection and companionship into your life. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of before you choose the puppy you wish to bring into your home. Use this checklist to ensure you purchase the puppy that's right for you.

Homemade Dog Treats

contributed by Wendy

Instead of buying commercial dog chews, bake my own dog biscuits that are ridiculously easy and cheap to make. Here are a few of my favorite recipes.

The Big Dig

TDS Reader Solutions

"I have a mixed breed dog, and he likes to dig holes in our yard. Do you have any ideas on how stop my dog's digging?"

Homemade Dog Chews

TDS Reader Solutions

"We have an 8-month-old puppy that just loves to chew. This puppy loves to chew more than our other dogs. Does anyone have a recipe, or know where I can find one, to make rawhides or homemade chew things to save money?"

Save on your pet's medications at 1-800-PetMeds.

Generic Dog Foods

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Puppy Chewing and Digging Problems

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Homemade Dog Biscuits

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Cheaper Puppy Chew Toys

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